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Dynamic Hip Opener

[F5] a dynamic stretch for opening hips

This is a dynamic stretch that will help increase the flexibility of your hips and back.

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How do I do it?

Start standing, feet hip width apart. Lift your left leg up so that your upper leg is flat, parallel with the floor. Next open that left leg out to the side as far as you can. Bring it back to the centre and then take it out wide again. Repeat 10 times fairly quickly before brining both feet back together on the floor. Repeat on the other side.

How will this help my riding?

A soft, flexible lower back and hips is the secret to sitting trot! Riders need to be supple enough to absorb the movement of their horse.

What does this exercise target?

This is a dynamic stretch that can be a useful warm up for both lower back and hip muscles.

What should I be careful of?

This should be done rapidly, but not so fast that you lose your balance!

Before starting any new exercise or training regime, we advise you to consult a physician, doctor, physiotherapist or other expert. The plans and exercises presented here and on the BLACKDOG Equestrian App are for guidance only and they do not offer advice on which you should rely. The App and the Services have not been developed to meet your individual requirements.